The LA Lakers have done everything possible this off-season to win an NBA Championship, but their latest move has some basketball experts scratching their heads.
The front office has signed former UCLA basketball standout Reeves Nelson to a $700,000 non-guaranteed contract after the 20-year-old played for the LA Lakers summer league team in Las Vegas.
Reeves led the Bruins with nearly 14 points and nine rebounds during the 2010-11 season, but then the trouble began and after a disastrous start on and off the court last year, the 6'8" forward was sent packing by head coach Ben Howland.
The big question now is why the front office for the team is taking such a big gamble on a player that has maturity issues? The answer is simple: Reeves has talent and the youngster could help the team with depth. And with the LA Lakers already having nearly $100 million in payroll on the books for this season, another $700,000 is nothing when the risk-reward is so high.
With the number of NBA veteran on the team's roster, this kid won't get the opportunity to become a problem and maybe the older players can actually have a positive influence and help the youngster make the most of his talent and establish Reeves as a player in the league.